Different Roasts for Different Folks (8/30)

The king of “do it yourself” foods is the roasted marshmallow. A skewer, a good poofy mallow, and a fire is all you need. We’re shown the basic method of roasting early in life, and we need only be shown once. After we learn that it’s a simple stabbing of a marshmallow with a sharp stick followed by an enticing dangle over a fire, what more is there to know? Well, besides the fact that you also get to watch that sucker burn? Nothing. There is literally nothing more to know. Yet over the next ten years, give or take, we hone our individual roasting techniques till we settle in to the thing that we consider the perfectly roasted marshmallow.

Different Roasts for Different Folks

Some will find that their tastes require a mallow only slightly browned around the edges. Others will just char the living sugar right off the entire surface of the thing, making it black as the grate of a Webber. On the other side of the scale, is the kind of roasting my brother would do. He used to do this thing he called “bami-ing” where he’d lightly toast the outer portion till he could easily remove it from the slightly hot and melted center, and then he would get that middle part a nice light fawn brown. I’m not certain what the point of it was. Now that I’m thinking back on it, it may have simply been an attempt to get twice as much roasted marshmallow out of a single mallow. That would have never occurred to me because there was usually an entire bag of mallows just laying there for the taking.

My Little Red Campfire

So, today it was time to bust out the camp fire again. Love this thing! I went into the campfire in more detail back on National S’mores Day back on the 10th, so if you’re at all intrigued, you can go over there and find better info. The short story, though, is that it’s a propane campfire.

You know, there really is nothing bad about a night that ends in roasting marshmallows, is there? It’s never not a fantastic family experience, and the flavor of one never gets old. The promise of roasting marshmallows, it turns out, is also a great way to get your daughter to get her bedtime routine done expediantly and with no-nonsense. Thanks National Roasted Marshmallow Day!

See you Friday for National Trail Mix Day.

About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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